Recognizing the amazing ability of art to drive change in our region, Ignition Grants power projects that increase sustainability, raise organizational profiles and build the capacity necessary to deliver innovative programming.

About Ignition Grants

  • Grant funds may be used for initiatives that will increase sustainability, raise organizational profiles and build the capacity necessary to produce cutting-edge work.
  • Funding supports critical stages of an organization’s life cycle.
  • There are two funding cycles offered each calendar year – Spring and Fall.
  • Applicants are REQUIRED to discuss the initiative with Arts Council staff prior to submitting an application. The objective is to support applicants in presenting strong proposals.
  • An Intent to Apply is no longer required.
  • Once submitted, applications undergo a rigorous panel review process. Panel recommendations are sent to the Arts Council’s Board of Directors for final approval.

Guidelines & Forms
Guidelines and forms are frequently updated. Please ensure you are using the most up-to-date guidelines and forms by checking the revised date at the bottom of each document.

Ignition Grant Guidelines

Community Impact Goals & Indicators

Ignition Grant Application Form

Ignition Grant Budget Form

Ignition Grant Interim Report Form


Deadlines & Important Dates
All deadlines are by 11:59PM.

Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Application Deadline March 1, 2019 September 3, 2019
Award Notification May 1, 2019 November 1, 2019
Initiative Dates July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020


Current Ignition Grant Recipients

Recipients